The slides showing the smuggling activities along the Malaysia-Thailand border in Padang Besar, Perlis was shown to the media during a news conference at the Headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 OCTOBER 2019
The slides showing the smuggling activities along the Malaysia-Thailand border in Padang Besar, Perlis was shown to the media during a news conference at the Headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 OCTOBER 2019

PUTRAJAYA – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has surrendered the video recordings on the smuggling activities at the Malaysia-Thailand border to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

Its Chief Commissioner Latheefa Koya said, the recordings have been surrendered to the police for investigation and further action as it involved several enforcement agencies such as the police, Immigration Department, Customs and the National Security Council.

According to her the smuggling activities happened along the Padang Besar, Perlis border with Thailand between 2017 and May 2019.

“We believe that the border smuggling activities involved flour, cooking oil, onions, groceries and ketum leaves,” she said to a news conference today.

Meanwhile, the Senior Enforcer of the Video Forensic and Technical Department of the MACC, Badri Azni said that the activities happened between 6.00 am and 9.00 am, during the change of shifts of security personnel.

The Chief of Video Forensic and Technical Department of the MACC, Badri Azni speaks at a news conference on the smuggling activities along the Malaysia-Thailand border in Padang Besar, Perlis.  PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 OCTOBER 2019.
The Chief of Video Forensic and Technical Department of the MACC, Badri Azni speaks at a news conference on the smuggling activities along the Malaysia-Thailand border in Padang Besar, Perlis.
PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 OCTOBER 2019.

Based on the video recordings, smugglers were also seen to be passing something, believed to be bribes to the security personnel or enable them to smuggle.

“We cannot estimate the value of the goods that are being smuggled. We will leave it to the police to investigate.

“However, based on these clips, we can see how the activities started and ended. The smugglers move in group and they follow a planned modus operandi,” he said.

Nevertheless, he refused to reveal if the recordings were made by the intel of MACC.

“My chief (Latheefa) just told you that we will leave it to the police. We will wait for the investigation and further instruction,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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